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    Roger Vine's Zeiss 20x60S review

    Thanks. Sorry if I'm dense, but does that mean CA (as detected by RV) is: (a) at the exact focus point not noticeable; a bit inside and outside it present but not too bad, or (b) at the focus point and a bit inside and outside it present but not too bad?
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    Roger Vine's Zeiss 20x60S review

    The section on CA runs as follows. Could someone (perhaps RV if reading this) please explain what is meant by the words I have underscored, thanks. Chromatic Aberration I noted some false colour on high contrast targets, but it’s not generally intrusive. Crows in high branches do show feathers...
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    Lightweight binocular for a chair ridden friend

    Is he able to hold up (lift and then keep steady for long enough) a porro-prism ("traditional"-shaped, before straight-barrel) model of 470 grams or 16½ oz? If so the Kowa YF 6x30 (5mm exit pupil) should be a fine option. It's available (in stock) at $ 100 with leading online retailers in the...
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    10x32 viable alternative to 10x42?

    It seems that for 1½(?) decades the Zeiss Victory FL 10x32, which has just been discontinued, has excelled pretty much on all fronts. One gathers this from the few reports by those who used and wrote of them. See the thread linked here for example. It seems to me also that it did not receive...
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    10x32 viable alternative to 10x42?

    It is often said that in bird/nature viewing the difference in an image through, say, a 32 mm and a 42 mm, with the same magnification and same optical quality, can be seen for about a 5 to 15 minute period at dawn and dusk. This is only true about viewing something out in the open. In some...
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    Victory FL discontinued?

    End of an era? The Zeiss website has removed the Victory FL section. (Did it last have only the 8x and 10x 32s?) The sections now are: (Victory) SF, (Victory) HT, Conquest, Victory Pocket and Terra.
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    10x32 viable alternative to 10x42?

    Another option is the Zeiss Conquest 10x32. Below are comments by two well-regarded reviewers. As well as info. for the OP this is for myself to learn from responses if any. Zeiss Conquest 10x32 review, Scopeviews, Roger Vine, comparison vs Zeiss Victory SF 32: “[ . . . ] • The SFs may have...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    The tables are turned on me. Have others too had that experience, then? I'd like to know about this at any configuration though especially 15x56.
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    Theron Questa 8x42 and 10x42

    This is a pretty subjective aspect but another thing I liked about the McKinley was its color rendition and I gather from what I read that the Questa is similar in that. In Frank's thread he says, "Truly a beautiful, natural image greets your eyes every time you look through it." I found in the...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    John, the figure in the table of B1.1 (non-Plus) by Meopta in your image works out to 1240g so probably includes caps+strap. The figure of 1150g has also been noted down separately by me (in a comparison table to guide me in selection) some time back. Regarding price, that retailer currently...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    The data in the attached image shows that in 15x56 the B1.1 is at least 70 g lighter than the B1 Plus.
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    Theron Questa 8x42 and 10x42

    HoodieOR, reports generally convey that the 10x is not as good as the 8x. This is so with the Theron Questa and the other binoculars that are "clones with" it, or nearly, viz. the Zen-Ray Prime and Leupold McKinley. I don't remember specifics, only that the experience is less satisfying. This...
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    New MeoStar B1 Plus Binoculars

    Meopta's website says that compared with B1.1 "B1 Plus features enhanced optical tolerances to provide even sharper images and greater optical performance." Has anyone in BirdForum or elsewhere yet detected this? Jim, it's only on reading your post (#112) that I learnt MeoStar Plus is heavier...
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    Binocular Weight, a Triviality?

    John, thank you for all that, how thorough, as usual. Now (addressing others also), in my post before my last I asked what made the newer top-tier binoculars that much heavier, and as examples of the points I sought I listed (in regard to glass, i.e. in addition to other factors): "lenses for...
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    The mistake of buying an Ultravid HD+ 7x42

    CharleyBird, thanks for the reply on CA in Leica Uv. vs Zeiss Victory FL 7x42. Tom, thanks for that information. Zeiss Victory FL 7x42 (your post #59) is rather large, 6.5 inches long vs Leica Uv. 5.6 in. and Opticron Discovery 5.3 in., and I have a bit of a fixation for smallness. I have read...
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    The mistake of buying an Ultravid HD+ 7x42

    Tom, very well explained! I go along with all you say there except that I am one of those people in your last sentence and the difference does bother that much, with Leica, for reasons given above--still confining this to the "four alphas" for simplicity. Then there is this question: for such a...
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    The mistake of buying an Ultravid HD+ 7x42

    Mike F, I had thought that the "vividness" was a result of the color rendition. My reasoning: Leica color rendition -> vividness -> enhanced reality. Maybe I assumed wrong and the vividness in Leica is due, or due also, to factors other than its color rendition? Leaving out contrast as a factor...
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    The mistake of buying an Ultravid HD+ 7x42

    Eitan, thanks for the heads-up. By saying color rendition in Leica is (to me) "too unnatural, contra, say, Zeiss" I don't mean that it's natural in Zeiss! The implication is that it's unnatural in both, in Leica to a degree that bothers me, in Zeiss not. I don't think it's perfect/"perfect" in...
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    Binocular Weight, a Triviality?

    John/Tringa45, and John A. Roberts, thank you for that information, direct from you and linked, some of it fascinating. As for the question what makes today's top-tier binoculars heavier than those you describe, I see there two of the factors: more lenses, and armoring. Had forgotten that...
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    The mistake of buying an Ultravid HD+ 7x42

    Eitan, I do think that (and worry) about Leica's color rendition. It is "too warm" for me, and a bit too unnatural, contra, say, Zeiss. Objectively, it does not separate, e.g., browns of bark as well as certrain other makes. But some reviewers, both experts and those without much experience of...
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    The mistake of buying an Ultravid HD+ 7x42

    Jafritten, Mike, thank you. The reason why this response is delayed is explained below. Well. The Leica Uv. 7x42 does seem to give what I am looking for, that I experienced with the 6x30 Kowa YF, from what B-lilja says in these words: "depth of field through brush". Seems to me that this might...
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    Binocular Weight, a Triviality?

    In another thread I asked this question a day or two back. It had been shown that the 1950s (Zeiss) Hensoldt 15x56 roof-prism binocular was only 670 grams. Why are today's best models this heavy in contrast? Note, that was: roof, and 56 mm, but 670 g. Is it that it's possible to make such (i.e...
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    Latest Optics not floating my boat ...

    I said, "Were those Hensoldts as tough as today's Zeisses?" Have to apologize to Zeiss (of old) for that. There are many of that vintage for sale on the internet that appear to be in superb condition. Not sure whether by "incredible quality" Binastro means the optical side and if so then that...
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    Latest Optics not floating my boat ...

    Binastro, thank you for correcting me. Chosun, sorry about that. Thought that the bodies of all the best models of the best makes are metal! Did not know or had forgotten that there were roofs back then! Looked up Beecher Mirage on the internet. Never knew there were such things! Regards, Adhoc
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    Latest Optics not floating my boat ...

    John, please read the last bit of my last post(#21), thanks.
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